More than 32 million Americans attend at least one festival each year, according to Billboard. That's more than the total population of Texas, and those numbers are on the rise. With so many events to choose from (and ticket prices in the hundreds if not thousands of dollars for some festivals), it can be hard to decide where to spend your time and money.
That's why 10Best teamed up with a panel of festival experts to nominate the top events across six categories: music, general food, specialty food, film, cultural and emerging (founded in the past five years). We need you to pick the winners. Vote for your favorites once per day until voting ends on Monday, March 11 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Cultural Festival
Cultural festivals range from artsy to irreverent — Photo courtesy of iStock / PeopleImages
Where travel offers an introduction to a new culture, whether in another state or another country, festivals are an intimate and advanced study. Raucous or restrained, artistic or irreverent, our 20 nominees for Best Cultural Festival are each travel-worthy in their own right, and each offers the chance to broaden horizons, try new things and connect with others from around the continent and the world.
Best Emerging Festival
New festivals are popping up all the time. Which is the best? — Photo courtesy of iStock / South_agency
Each year, more and more festivals join the calendar across North America. From music festivals to food festivals, these 20 events represent some of the most promising to emerge in the last five years.
Best Film Festival
These festivals celebrate the art of cinema — Photo courtesy of iStock / efcarlos
Move over Cannes! The film festival circuit in North America is packed with fantastic events, from heavy hitters like Sundance to up-and-comers screening tomorrow's biggest names in cinema. Our panel of event experts have narrowed down the list of North American film festivals to the top 20, and now it's your turn to pick a winner.
Best General Food Festival
Treat your taste buds to one of these top food festivals — Photo courtesy of iStock / Aleksandr_Vorobev
Mouthwatering tastings, live cooking demos, beautiful venues, celebrity chefs and sommelier-paired wine lists these 20 North American food festivals each offer a totally travel-worthy epicurean adventure.
Best Music Festival
Where do you go to feel the rhythm? — Photo courtesy of iStock / SolStock
As temperatures begin to creep up, music festival season is fast approaching, and each year, more and more events are joining the lineup, expanding and diversifying the music festival circuit in North America. Our panel of music festival aficionados has hand-picked 20 essential festivals from coast to coast where music fans can see dozens of artists in one place.
Best Specialty Food Festival
Celebrate your favorite foods at these specialty festivals — Photo courtesy of iStock / OKrasyuk
These 20 festivals across North America celebrate specific foods often local specialties grown or produced in the region.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, March 22.